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Benefits of Serving as a Grant Reviewer

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Regardless of how long you have been in the grant writing field, as a grant professional, there are always huge benefits for serving as a grant reviewer.

I started my career as a grantmaker, I was a Program Officer at the Michigan Women’s Foundation, something I have written about here before. (Check it out here if you missed that earlier post: Five Lessons I Learned When I Was a Program Officer)

In the years since I left grantmaking as my full-time work and started working exclusively with nonprofits and other grant seeking groups about building their capacity for grant seeking, I have served on numerous grant review committees. Despite having a background in grantmaking, each and every time I have the opportunity to serve as a grant reviewer I walk away with a new idea or a new perspective on something that struck or irked a reviewer.

This year, as Community Review Panel time came around again for the United Way of Northern New York, a volunteer commitment I hold near and dear to my heart since it is grantmaking happening in my very own Northern New York, I got to thinking again of the value for grant professionals to serve as grant reviewers.

What was I thinking while I was on the road for a nonprofit site visit? Well, check out this video below to see!


What do you think? How has serving as a grant reviewer helped your work as a grant professional?

Trying to figure out how or where to become a grant reviewer?

Check out this great post from Judy Rifle, Ph.D. about How to Find Federal Grant Review Opportunities!

About The Author
Diane H. Leonard, GPC, President of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC loves to talk about all things #grants, #grantreadiness, #grantwriting, #coffee, #running, and #1000Islands (the place, not the dressing!).


  • By Jennifer Bergeron 12 Oct 2017

    Absolutely beneficial. I have been a reviewer for Foundation, State and Federal grants, and I’m SURE that is the reason why I am more successful in obtaining more of each of these types of grants every time I apply. I’ve received scores of 100 on Foundation, State and Federal grants many times – it does help to review because it makes you a better applicant.

    • By Diane H. Leonard, GPC 12 Oct 2017

      Congratulations, Jennifer! Fantastic to hear how direct of a correlation you have seen between your time serving in a review capacity to your work when on the grant seeking side of the equation.

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